Online baseball betting expectations were high for the White Sox after they took over first place at the start of August but a 4-9 baseball wagering mark dropped them to second.
The White Sox lost 4 out of 6 games to the Minnesota Twins during that 13-game stretch as Minnesota took over the lead of the American League Central division. Despite the recent problems however the White Sox are not about to give up and are confident they’ll be back on top.
“Give me a shot against them late in the season,” said manager Ozzie Guillen. “I predict this thing is going to be all the way to the wire. We stay healthy, we are going to compete and see what happens.”
Chicago remained one of the most profitable teams with the MLB betting odds despite the slump and has been a reliable home team with a mark of 35-24. Pitching has been a problem as of late and the main culprit for the slump. Chicago ranked 16th overall in the major leagues for staff earned run average.
Chicago has already demonstrated their ability to come from far behind in the pennant chase as they were once 9.5 games out of first place earlier this year before taking over first place in the AL Central.
“I don’t know if we can do that again,” said pitcher Mark Buehrle. “That was pretty crazy what we did. But we can’t give up.”
The bullpen has been a key problem for the White Sox with the MLB betting line a closer Bobby Jenks has been up and down all year and has battled a sore back. JJ Putz was unsuccessful when replacing Jenks as the closer.
The bullpen has often wasted good efforts from the better than average starting staff led by Buehrle, Jon Danks, Gavin Floyd, and Edwin Jackson. In fact the White Sox had a very impressive total of 74 quality starts in 2010.
Despite the problems Guillen looks forward to the challenge and his team’s chances for the rest of the online baseball betting race.
“I feel very, very good about the way the team showed up here and played,” said Guillen. “We just came up short (against the Twins).”